Grants & Scholarships Available For BIPOC Communities

A friend recently brought the Papitto Opportunity Connection (POC) to my attention, suggesting that not enough people seem to know about the organization (like me) and that they were doing good things in the community. The POC is a non-profit private foundation working with Rhode Island’s Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities to create individual success stories by investing in education, job skills training, and entrepreneurial ventures.

Founded in December 2020, the Papitto Opportunity Connection was formed by Barbara Papitto as a continuation of the long-time commitment she and her late-husband Ralph have made to creating educational opportunities and supporting children impacted by systemic racial injustice in Rhode Island.

Fantastic. Allow me to help spread the word. Opportunities exist in three basic categories:

Education: The Papitto Opportunity Connection provides direct grants to organizations that can demonstrate how their programming can positively impact the educational journey for children of color in Rhode Island. Additionally, students of color who are graduates of a Rhode Island high school and wish to attend law school are invited to apply for the annual Papitto Opportunity Connection Law School Scholarship through the Rhode Island Bar Association.

Skills Training: To meet the demands of today’s workforce these programs provide the post-secondary credentials, credits and certificates job seekers need for high-paying jobs in healthcare, IT, the building trades and more.

Entrepreneurship: We do so by investing in programs that provide mentorship, offer unique low-interest micro-loan programs or by direct grants to businesses to help create jobs that will support members of the BIPOC community.

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